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ENN Weekly: October 10th - 14th
October 14, 2005 12:00 AM - the Editors, ENN

ENN's editors summarize the most compelling environmental and sustainable economy stories of the week. In the news October 10th - 14th: Environmental refugees, drought hits the Amazon, the deforestation-flood link, and dolphins return to Lake Pontchartrain.

The Up-Hill Road to a Better America
October 14, 2005 12:00 AM - Kateri Callahan, Alliance to Save Energy

(By Kateri Callahan) As we all are painfully aware, in addition to the human tragedy of the recent hurricanes, the catastrophic storms also are inflicting economic hardship on American consumers and businesses coast-to-coast in the form of high energy prices. Gasoline prices in some areas of the country already have exceeded $3 a gallon and the price of a barrel of oil is now in the $70.00 range. American consumers are finally waking up to the personal and societal implications of our country’s over-reliance on petroleum in the transportation sector. An Associated Press/AOL poll released in August showed that 60 percent of American consumers expect fuel costs to cause them financial hardship in the next six months. The domestic automobile industry even recently noted that it has witnessed a significant drop in SUV sales as a result of higher gasoline prices.

Pet Ecology Brands, Inc. Earns Award
October 14, 2005 12:00 AM - ENN

Pet Ecology Brands, Inc. announced that its Scientific Professional Cat Litter has been named one of 2005's Best New Products and has received the Pet Product News Editor's Choice Award.

Study: U.S. Energy Firms Lagging in Environmental Reporting
October 14, 2005 12:00 AM - Greenbiz.com

U.S. utilities lag behind their European and Asian counterparts in environmental reporting, according to a new study.

Tecnologico de Monterrey Named Part of Alcoa Foundation $8.6 Million Conservation and Sustainability Fellowship Program
October 14, 2005 12:00 AM - ENN

Alcoa today announced that Tecnologico de Monterrey will be one of three practioner partners in the Alcoa Foundation $8.6 million Conservation and Sustainability Fellowship (CSF) program that will support the study of global conservation and sustainability issues.

Nigeria Shuts Lagos Schools after Unexplained Fumes Sweep City
October 13, 2005 12:00 AM - Dulue Mbachu, Associated Press

On Wednesday, Lagos Governor Bola Tinubu ordered the closure of all primary and secondary schools in Lagos, a city of 14 million, and launched an investigation to determine the cause of what a government statement called a "high concentration of gas in the air."

Red Tide Still a Problem in Florida Panhandle
October 13, 2005 12:00 AM - Associated Press

Red tide, which has beachgoers complaining of alergy-like symptoms while causing fish kills and closing oyster harvesting areas, remains scattered across the Florida Panhandle, state officials said on Wednesday.

Study Uncovers Source of California Beach Sand
October 13, 2005 12:00 AM - Pascal Pinck, Reuters

Scientists have cracked one of the enduring geological mysteries of Southern California's famed beaches: where the sand comes from. Researchers had long assumed that coastal rivers washed the bulk of the naturally introduced sand to the beaches south of Los Angeles.

Experts Link New Mexico Tree Die-Offs to Warming
October 13, 2005 12:00 AM - Associated Press

Researchers believe the massive die-offs of New Mexico's state tree during 2002 and 2003 could be a harbinger of life in a warming world.

Critics Dominate Final EPA Hearing on Radiation Rule
October 13, 2005 12:00 AM - Erica Werner, Associated Press

The Environmental Protection Agency's final hearing on its proposed rule governing how much radiation could be released from Yucca Mountain drew a series of critics, mostly environmentalists who said the standard was too weak to protect future generations.

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